All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
It slips through the fingers. Its light, constantly shifting from one area to another as the wind beckons and the sun radiates. Beneath the sand however, is something entirely different. It isn't light, it isn't insubstantial, it isn't ever-present; it is something heavy, dark, and musty.
Like the tombs ridden with spiders, like the cities hidden with suspicious characters, like the islands overflowing with Nazis; Raiders of the Lost Ark thrives on secrets. The core of every Indiana Jones adventure is kept alive by history, and its reputation to cover up. Civilizations are lost, artifacts are misplaced, rumors and bedtime stories are spread; and as a result, history is perfect for providing the groundwork for an adventure film.…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
Spielberg and Lucas infect Raiders of the Lost Ark with all the glee and frenetic spirit of children who've just been given their first toy guns. It's filmed with such a genuine love of its influences, its adventures and characters that you literally have to hang on to its plot much the same way Indy hangs on to his beloved hat and Ark of the Covenant loaded trucks.
Regardless of the argument about whether Indiana Jones actually affects the end of the story, for me it's about his persistence and determination to do what's right than be a hero for the ages.
That, and the fact he looks fucking cool in a fedora.
I forgot what a great film this is. This time around, I was struck at how much it seemed to be a direct successor to Casablanca -- in tone, in central protagonist, in female lead, in narrative, in themes. The score, too, is so much better than I remembered and is much more than the thirty second Indy theme that runs through my head every time I think of these movies.
How many iconic scenes are packed into these two hours? One every twenty minutes? Every fifteen?
Booooring. Cannot complain about Harrison Ford though.
I decided recently to re-watch some of the movies in my DVD collection to get away from the marathon of new stuff I've been watching. And what better series to re-watch than the greatest adventure tales in the history of film?
I believe that the mark of a great movie is when you become so invested in the story and the characters that the flaws are brushed aside. Because the Indiana Jones series is loaded with stupid moments, even before the fridge. But it doesn't matter because the characters are so likable and the action is so fun that you fall for the movie as a whole rather than for certain parts.
I'm usually not the biggest fan of damsel…
Watched this a few hours after attending a lecture on high concept Hollywood blockbusters, so that lens was alive and active. The opening images also took me back to that supercool Steven Soderbergh version of Raiders, wherein he replaced all sound with a musical soundtrack and rendered it black & white. His point is worth accepting: there’s a ton going on visually in this movie, both as an artifact from a particular era and as an artwork from which countless clichés have sprung. Defamiliarization is a valuable exercise.
Visually, Raiders has such high contrast photography, it's obsessed with using shadows in creative ways, and it's hyperconscious of its own mise-en-scène. We teach students that nothing is in the frame by accident,…
Still a great action film, with such a natural flow from build-up to action sequence, all pretty much character driven, that you don't really question many of the film's absurdities, not least is where all the snakes are coming from and what they've been eating recently. Spielberg could have released the opening sequence and it would have been enough. I have a sneaking suspicion that if I'd recorded it on VHS and watched it obsessively in my teenage years then it would be right up there with Die Hard and Aliens.
Still the source of my favourite cinema heckle anecdote, as the Ark is boxed and archived in a massive warehouse, someone shouted: "Oh, what was the point of all that - there's hundreds of the things!". There's still only one Raiders.
A faultless, lean action-adventure classic. Perfect Sunday viewing.
I wonder how the collaboration between Spielberg and John Williams actually works. Does Williams just reveal a legendary score after seeing a rough cut of a film and throw Spielberg's head for a spin? There is some kind of process between them leading up to the end product that I'd like to watch in an in-depth documentary. Williams is so often doing the heavy lifting in any given scene to a movie, but it is the implementing of the score that is key. One of Spielberg's many skills was always knowing when to drop music and then bring it back. Just look at the first T-Rex attack in Jurassic Park. All you need is the sound of rain spatter and…
Do you really even need a reason to watch this movie? It's Indiana Jones, it's awesome. Come on man.